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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive System
If you have a Mac mini, you should know that it's possible to start it up in Target Disk mode (hold T while powering it up), enabling it to be used as a movable FireWire drive.

The added bonus of doing this is that the mini's CD/DVD drive is also enabled on the host Mac, making it possible to use disks loaded into the mini's optical drive. I have never tested to see if this is the case on Apple's laptops as well, but I was surprised to see this feature.
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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: g16l on Feb 23, '05 08:43:27AM

One still has to attach a keyboard to use this feature ...



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: JrM on Feb 23, '05 09:01:32AM

Yes the optical drive will work on laptops as well when using the Target Disk mode. This worked for me on my G5 tower when i connected my iBook for a backup.



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: jcbeckman on Feb 23, '05 09:49:18AM

Probably because on the Mac mini the CD/DVD and hard drive on the same bus - not true of the PowerBooks or desktops (don't have an iBook handy to check).



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: chabig on Feb 23, '05 10:02:00AM

Powerbooks do this too.

Chris



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: notverypc on Feb 23, '05 11:18:03AM

Works with eMac's.

This is how I installed OS Server on our Xserve as the Xserve's interal drive has failed.



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Toast
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on Feb 23, '05 11:24:51AM

I thought new versions of Toast allowed you to see other optical burning drives via rendezvous, and make use of that that way.

I don't have a copy of Toast, but remember this from their literature; can anyone confirm?



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Toast
Authored by: SlamMan on Feb 23, '05 02:37:39PM

Sure, do, works great. The only problems are 1) I occasionally have the same drive show up 2 or more times. It works fine, but if more then 4 show up, Toast asks if you want to buy more licenses 2) It creates a disc image, and then copies it to the logged in users Documents file. After copying, it doesn't remove this file, which can fill up a hard drive quickly when burning DVDs.



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: Azark on Feb 23, '05 11:49:03AM

But to make this really useful on the road, someone has to make an USB keyboard with only the letter T and the power button. ;)

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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: peragrin on Feb 23, '05 12:47:44PM

Just get one of these with bluetooth support.

http://www.frogpad.com/

Then you can take the keyboard away with you after boot.

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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: RHV on Feb 23, '05 02:40:35PM

Unless one is on the road with the lightest of the 17 inch G5 iMacs (as many of us are now), in which case one can use its keyboard and mouse on the Mini.



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Hmmph.
Authored by: kalisphoenix on Feb 23, '05 04:06:27PM

.... a $500+ external optical drive?

How about I give someone an external DVD-RW, and then they can give me a Mac mini? Tell ya what. I'll even glue an external firewire hard drive to it.



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: nufoto on Feb 24, '05 07:32:02AM

Yes works on my iBook G4 and mounts on my 9600 under OS 9, CD and all the CD icon looks different .

Very cool ! thanks for the tip !



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Use the Mac mini as an extra CD/DVD drive
Authored by: spiff on Sep 05, '06 12:29:28PM

This will work with many of the newer laptops but not necessarily with the older ones. A service tech I know said that this is an 'undocumented feature' even as far as the service manuals that Apple provides are concerned.



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